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See under swallowtail (def 2).
the tail of a swallow or a deeply forked tail like that of a swallow.
any of several butterflies of the genus Papilio, characterized by elongated hind wings that resemble the tail of a swallow, as P. polyxenes (black swallowtail)
Compare spicebush swallowtail, tiger swallowtail, zebra swallowtail.
tail coat.
any of various butterflies of the genus Papilio and related genera, esp P. machaon of Europe, having a tail-like extension of each hind wing: family Papilionidae
the forked tail of a swallow or similar bird
short for swallow-tailed coat


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